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Krishnadev Calamur

Krishnadev Calamur is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees news coverage. He is a former editor and reporter at NPR and the author of Murder in Mumbai.
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The Ethics of Donald Trump Jr.'s India Adventure

February 21, 2018 Who does Donald Trump Jr. speak for? Does the president’s son speak for the Trump Organization as he promotes luxury apartments in India? Does he speak for himself when he dines with investors in the projects? Does he speak for the Trump administration as he makes a foreign-policy speech in...

What Is the Internet Research Agency?

February 17, 2018 The Internet Research Agency is a Russian troll farm in St. Petersburg—in essence a Kremlin-backed enterprise staffed with hundreds of people whose main job is to sow disinformation on the internet. The organization, which serves as a propaganda arm for Russian President Vladimir Putin, is at the heart of the...

Syria’s War Is Fueling Three More Conflicts

February 14, 2018 When an Israeli jet crashed after being shot down over Syria over the weekend, it marked a serious escalation in the Syrian Civil War. But it also reflected an ongoing reality, one that is growing more dangerous: Syria’s war encompasses at least three other international conflicts, each of which are...

Peace Through Bombings: The U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

February 8, 2018 Pummeling someone into reconciliation might seem like a curious strategy. But that’s what the Trump administration is proposing to do to the Taliban as it seeks to bring an end to the war in Afghanistan. “We will do everything we can to support the ANDSF fight against the Taliban in...

Peace Through Bombings: The US Strategy in Afghanistan

February 8, 2018 Pummeling someone into reconciliation might seem like a curious strategy. But that’s what the Trump administration is proposing to do to the Taliban as it seeks to bring an end to the war in Afghanistan. “We will do everything we can to support the ANDSF fight against the Taliban in...

Trump Wants a Military Parade — So What?

February 8, 2018 Let’s get this out of the way: America still holds military parades. Regularly. They are held in small towns across the country to honor veterans, to remember those who were killed on the battlefield, and to showcase a community’s ties to the military. But the last time there was a...

The State Department Just Lost Its Most Experienced Leader

February 2, 2018 Tom Shannon is an increasingly rare kind of public servant in Washington—a career diplomat who served administrations of both parties, starting with the Reagan administration, and one of only two people currently at the State Department to have achieved the title of “career ambassador.” (There were five when Obama left...

16 Years of Presidents Talking About the War in Afghanistan

January 31, 2018 President Trump said Tuesday the U.S. military would not be hamstrung by “artificial timelines” in Afghanistan, an acknowledgment of the deteriorating security situation there by a leader who previously called for a withdrawal of the American military from the country. “Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement,”...

Pakistan's Week Keeps Getting Worse

January 4, 2018 This is a bad week for Pakistan—and it’s still Thursday. On Monday, President Trump tweeted the U.S. has “foolishly” given the country more than $33 billion in aid over the past 15 years, “and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They...

Trump's Belligerence Toward Pakistan Isn't Unreasonable

January 3, 2018 On Tuesday, Trump administration officials joined the president to criticize Pakistan’s commitment to Afghanistan’s stability, accusing Islamabad of playing “a double game for years.” The comments by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, H.R. McMaster, the national-security-adviser, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokesperson, are likely...